The Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative (CLCFC) is a locally owned and managed Business Co-operative which creates and maintains jobs through its commitment to the principles of forest sustainability, and community economic development. CLCFC was incorporated under 'The Co-Operative Association Act of British Columbia,' August 2, 1995.
The CLCFC and partners in the forest industry work together to ensure log supply to local value-added processors, which keeps jobs and value in the south Island region. Raw logs go to a Cowichan Lake sawmill; high quality logs go to the pole mill in Ladysmith; logs make their way to the veneer plant in Nanaimo and chips and sawdust go to pulp and papers mills in Nanaimo and Crofton.
The CLCFC and Pacheedaht First Nation are currently in the process of seeking an invitation to apply for a land-based Community Forest Agreement with the Ministry of Forests. Pacheedaht First Nation will have its own specialty sawmill in operation by summer of 2016 and they hope to obtain at least part of their log supply from the new forest agreement.
The CLCFC had originally received a forest licence that is volume based, and currently located in the Bolduc Block. The co-operative supports local community initiatives as well as scholarships awarded in Lake Cowichan and to the Pacheedaht.